The conditions of fame: literary celebrity in Australia between the wars

Carter, David (2015) The conditions of fame: literary celebrity in Australia between the wars. Journal of Modern Literature, 39 1: 170-187. doi:10.2979/jmodelite.39.1.170


Author Carter, David
Title The conditions of fame: literary celebrity in Australia between the wars
Journal name Journal of Modern Literature   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1529-1464
0022-281X
Publication date 2015-09
Sub-type Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
DOI 10.2979/jmodelite.39.1.170
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 39
Issue 1
Start page 170
End page 187
Total pages 18
Place of publication Bloomington, IN, United States
Publisher Indiana University Press
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract Modern celebrity is typically associated with metropolitan centers and with the new media of radio and cinema. But Australian cultural institutions and markets were thoroughly engaged in the transnational networks of modernity. New forms of authorial fame emerged alongside the star systems of radio and cinema, largely through the operations of the commercial periodical press. Australian magazines of the 1920s and 1930s register the impact of modernity and celebrity. Personality and celebrity become dominant there, and artists and writers are among those featured. Yet Australia's “provincial” relations to Britain and the US meant that attaching celebrity to Australian authors remained problematic, despite editorial investments in representing local books and writing as aspects of a modern life or personality.
Keyword Australia
Authorship
Celebrity
Modernity
Periodicals
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Critical review of research, literature review, critical commentary
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